Minister of State Pippa Hackett


Spokesperson for Land Use & Biodiversity

My vision for Laois-Offaly

I love living in the Midlands – it has so much to offer. I envisage a more diverse environment to live in: vibrant towns and villages, beautiful countryside and a range of facilities designed to engage the whole community.

What I stand for

I stand for fairness and doing the right thing. I’m tired of complacency and the “it’ll be grand” attitude. I like to lead by example and would not expect anyone to do something I have not done myself. I would like to be able to inspire others to do the best they can for themselves, their families, their communities and for the environment in which we all share and live.  

My priorities

My priorities for Laois and Offaly are centred on community. I see the huge value of having a vibrant community to live and work in, to raise families, to exercise, to socialise and to enjoy life.

  • Vibrant towns & villages: We have many lovely towns and villages, but some are in great need of renewal and revitalisation.
  • Natural environment and heritage: There is much potential in the Midlands to improve our biodiversity, water and other natural resources, and our communities are central to this.
  • Farmers and farmland: It is important to support and protect farmers – to have proper consultation and support for public services, e.g. the Shannon Pipeline Project and Greenways. Develop environmental projects with local farmers, specific to this area.
  • Opportunities for physical activity: I see the huge value physical activity and exercise has in people’s lives. Simple and effective initiatives can improve this; I would love to see a publicly available running track in both Laois and Offaly.
  • Animal Welfare: Often overlooked, animal welfare is a huge community issue. There is much potential for welfare projects (local authority, schools or community based) which deal with many of these issues, being piloted here in Laois and Offaly.

My experience

I hold a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Essex, a postgraduate diploma from University College Dublin, and a PhD from the University of Limerick. I took leave from academic research and lecturing to raise my family. I live on a mixed organic farm (suckler cows, sheep, hens and horses) with my husband Mark and four young children, near Geashill in Co Offaly, close to the Laois border. I’m activity involved in many community-based and schools projects in both counties. These roles include youth club secretary and leader, local newsletter editor, Mountlucas parkrun director, and board member of local sports committees.

Latest activities

10th February 2022

‘Science has shaped how I view the world’: Green Party highlights gender inequality in STEM on Women and Girls in Science Day

27th January 2022

Portlaoise Gets New Green Party Representative

16th December 2021

Minister Hackett takes action to improve native tree planting

15th December 2021

‘We need to increase our focus on the welfare of animals’: Minister Hackett welcomes first Animal Welfare Awareness Day

19th November 2021

‘We must change the way we look at wool’ – Minister Hackett announces review of wool markets

12th November 2021

Green Party politicians say it’s time to ‘Think Timber’

4th November 2021

Climate Action Plan means reduced emissions and better incomes for family farms, says Green Party

29th October 2021

Pet owners urged to keep animals indoors as Minister Hackett highlights animal welfare at Halloween

19th October 2021

Green Party Senators call for multi-faceted, catchment-based solutions to flooding

13th October 2021

Budget increase for organic farming marks doubling of investment since Greens entered Government

15th September 2021

Green Ministers launch community volunteer programme and announce new funding for blanket bog conservation

12th August 2021

Healthy ecosystems the ‘best line of defence’ as EPA reports warmer temperatures, increasing greenhouse gas concentration and rising sea levels

28th June 2021

Solar-powered electricity will be easier and cheaper for public buildings and farms with Green Party bill

24th June 2021

Climate-Neutral Farm Initiative Welcomed by Senator Pippa Hackett

22nd June 2021

Historic ban on fur farming to finally pass after years of campaigning, says Green Party

17th May 2021

Farmers Make a Significant Contribution to Biodiversity, says Minister Hackett

26th March 2021

Green Ministers launch ambitious new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

2nd February 2021

Green Ministers welcome €10m European funding on World Wetlands Day for new Peatlands and People project

23rd January 2021

Green Ministers join forces to Conserve the Curlew

27th November 2020

Minister Pippa Hackett chairs the new Forestry Policy Group

25th November 2020

EPA REPORT – Ministers say Greens in government can turn crisis around

24th November 2020

Over €100m in funding sets Midlands on road to Just Transition

19th November 2020

Statement from Green Party Ministers Noonan and Hackett on the Meenbog bog slide

16th November 2020

Videos for nature farming are a welcome initiative – Minister Hackett

11th November 2020

Minister Pippa Hackett welcomes increased ambition for biodiversity in EU negotiations

5th November 2020

Green motion in the Seanad calls for action on the Programme for Government’s biodiversity commitments

5th November 2020

Oireachtas briefing: Minister acknowledges the importance of sport, culture and tourism to well-being and mental health

30th October 2020

Keep your animals safe this Halloween, urges Senator Hackett

14th October 2020

Biodiversity and Climate Action supports for farmers central to Budget 2021’s allocation for agriculture – Minister Pippa Hackett

30th July 2020

Minister of State Senator Pippa Hackett, on early action on forestry commitments

27th June 2020

Meet your new Green Ministerial Team

17th June 2020

Greens welcome decision by BNM to end peat extraction and begin bog rehabilitation

25th May 2020

Irish Agriculture needs to embrace and work with EU’s Green Deal strategies

25th May 2020

Recent cold weather effects on apple crops show need for climate resilient Agri-Food policies

13th May 2020

Greens call for tougher law enforcement and effective supports against wildlife crime

8th May 2020

Greater financial supports needed for farm families

8th May 2020

Greens reiterate call for new model of forestry as we move forward

1st May 2020

Greens call for Covid testing of workforces at all food processing plants

30th April 2020

Green Party News

24th April 2020

Bord na Móna must act to protect all its workers and ensure a Just Transition – Greens

21st April 2020

Allotments and Farmers’ Markets need to be designated as essential services

3rd April 2020

Greens call on Minister Harris to recognise allotments as essential food outlets

2nd April 2020

Green Party nominees Pippa Hackett and Pauline O’Reilly elected to the Seanad

23rd March 2020

Support farmers to provide the food we need during this crisis – Greens

2nd March 2020

Pauline O’Reilly, Pippa Hackett, and Saoirse McHugh are Green Party nominees for the Seanad

24th February 2020

Trees, rewetting bogs, and better land management are needed to prevent flooding – Greens

27th January 2020

Supporting livelihoods, improving services, building community: the Green Party’s ten-year plan for rural Ireland

28th November 2019

Greens say Government must be held to account for crisis in beef farming

14th November 2019

Greens call for review of organic farming scheme applications

8th November 2019

Just Transition needs to be more than just a pay-out it needs to provide a future for communities – Greens

1st November 2019

Greens welcome the election of Pippa Hackett to the Seanad

30th October 2019

Pet owners should be extra cautious during Halloween – Greens

24th October 2019

The Government’s Climate strategy is not working and has to radically change

17th October 2019

Change in Irish forestry is coming as Green Party motion gets cross party support

17th October 2019

Minister Madigan needs to keep the ban on netting hares – Greens

18th September 2019

Ireland needs strong supports for communities impacted by the move away from fossil fuels – Greens

14th September 2019

Green Party launch Cllr Pippa Hackett as candidate for the Seanad by-election

3rd September 2019

Farmers should take back control of their farming futures – Greens

23rd August 2019

Reject Mercosur unless Amazon and Irish farmers can be protected – Greens

8th August 2019

How we use land is contributing to climate change – we need a National Land Use Plan: Greens

7th August 2019

The Beef Plan Movement’s protests are well into their second week – it’s time Minister Creed got involved: Greens

17th July 2019

If the Minister understands that nature is in crisis she should repeal the Heritage Act: Greens

1st July 2019

EU-Mercosur deal is deeply damaging for the environment and for Irish agriculture: Greens

21st June 2019

Greens welcome new ‘Coillte Nature’ initiative; call for scheme to be extended

18th June 2019

Climate Action Plan offers little to address problems facing agriculture – Greens

6th May 2019

Live export is unethical and in its current form needs to stop: Greens

29th April 2019

Irish Rail stop the destruction of wildlife during breeding season: Greens

2nd April 2019

Time to put our farmers first, not Big Agri

17th January 2019

Scientific advice to reduce meat consumption must come as a wake-up call for Government: Greens

19th November 2018

Greens Welcome Re-Opening of Organic Farming Scheme

7th November 2018

Greens Seeking ‘Just Transition’ to a Climate-Friendly Economy

30th October 2018

Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween Night

24th October 2018

Maintain Jobs and Kickstart the Midlands Energy Transition

10th October 2018

Irish Agriculture Faces a Mammoth Task

5th September 2018

Green Party’s Hackett warns of anaerobic pitfalls

14th June 2018

Green Party supports ‘Stop Live Export!’ protest

1st May 2018

Sainsburys – Asda merger ‘likely to have a serious knock-on effect on Irish agriculture’

4th April 2018

Greens call on Government to support fodder-strapped farmers